Coda (Super Deluxe Edition Box) (CD& LP) Box set, Original recording remastered
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Audio CD, Original recording remastered, July 31, 2015
Vinyl, Original recording remastered, July 31, 2015
Audio, Cassette, Original recording remastered, August 16, 1994
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Presence, In Through The Out Door, and Coda have been remastered for 2015 by guitarist and producer Jimmy Page and are accompanied by companion audio comprised of previously unreleased music related to the original release.
The appropriately titled Coda was Led Zeppelin s final album of studio recordings. Released in 1982, it was comprised of eight unreleased tracks recorded between 1970 and 1978. It peaked at #6 on the album charts and has been certified platinum in the U.S.
The reissue campaign ends with a double-barrel blast of Led. Coda will be the only Led Zeppelin deluxe edition to include two companion discs, featuring 15 tracks recorded between 1968 and 1974. The oldest song in the collection is also perhaps the most interesting. The frenetic blues jam Sugar Mama was recorded in 1968 at Olympic Studios during sessions for the band s eponymous debut. The song was completed but never officially released until now. Baby Come On Home from the same session is also included in the set. Also included is the previously unreleased St. Tristan s Sword, a rollicking instrumental recorded during the Led Zeppelin III sessions in 1970.
Coda is available in the following formats:
Single CD Remastered original album. Coda will be packaged in a gatefold card wallet.
Deluxe Edition (3CD) Remastered album, plus two discs of unreleased companion audio.
Single LP Remastered album on 180-gram vinyl, packaged in a sleeve that replicates the LP s first pressing in exacting detail.
Deluxe Edition Vinyl Remastered album and unreleased companion audio on 2 180-gram vinyl LPs.
Digital Download Remastered album and companion audio will both be available.
Super Deluxe Boxed Set This collection includes Remastered album on CD in vinyl replica sleeve, Companion audio on CD in card wallet, Remastered album on 180-gram vinyl in a sleeve replicating first pressing, Companion audio on 180-gram vinyl, High-def audio download card of all content at 96kHz/24 bit, Hard bound, 72+ page book filled with rare and previously unseen photos and memorabilia, High quality print of the original album cover, the first 30,000 of which will be individually numbered.
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Top Customer Reviews
This deluxe edition might turn out to be the real treasure chest of them all, though, with the material on the two bonus discs. As with any newer version like this, previously unreleased songs are golden, and this contains several. “Sugar Mama” is a track from the recording session for their debut album. It's a fun, swinging rock 'n' roll song that, in my mind, would have fit right in on either of their first two albums. The instrumental “St. Tristan's Sword” was recorded for III. This one is 5½ minutes of hard rock jamming that sounds like it belongs on Zeppelin I or II. Just a fantastic inclusion. There's also an awesome rough mix of “When the Levee Breaks” called “If It Keeps On Raining.” It's a stark, stripped down version of what would end up on IV, with a very different subdued vocal by Plant, the guitars lower in the mix, and a crawling bass line. This is one of my top three or four Zeppelin songs, so this early version is a real treat for me, and a truly interesting listen. Next up is the Bombay Orchestra version of “Four Sticks” called “Four Hands,” which now gets an official release, alongside “Friends” from the same session.
If all of this wasn't enough, you also get the bonus songs from the 1993 CD edition, which includes radio staples “Travelling Riverside Blues” from their '69 BBC session and “Hey Hey What Can I Do,” the classic B-side from the “Immigrant Song” single. ("White Summer/Black Mountain Side" is excluded, presumably because it appears on the Led Zeppelin I bonus disc, albeit a different live version than originally appeared on Coda.) There are also shorter, instrumental versions of "Poor Tom" and "Walter's Walk." Still not sold? How about an amazing alternate version of "In The Light" called "Everybody Makes It Through," which is closer to the album version than the one from the Physical Graffiti Deluxe Edition, but is still quite the variation, with different keyboard parts, vocals, and lyrics. It's just fantastic to listen to for me. These discs make up an incredibly fun listening experience, with such variety and so many oddities. It's an easy recommendation to any Zeppelin fan, and an easy five stars. A big thank you to Jimmy Page for this past year of new deluxe editions. I've thoroughly enjoyed them, and will continue to for years to come.
"We're Gonna Groove" opens the album and is taken from the recording sessions that yielded "Led Zeppelin II". This track was a one time show opener and it's easy to see why. Jimmy Page adds sub-octdivider effects on guitar while a young Robert Anthony Plant screams his head off. "Poor Tom" is an interesting piece left over from the "Led Zeppelin III" era. Bonham supplies a fine rhythm track under Page's stellar 12-string acoustic work and Plant's harp. "I Can't Quit You Baby" is taken from a soundcheck from the Royal Albert Hall in 1970. This take is far more explosive than the version found on "Led Zeppelin" (and better, too). "Walter's Walk" is from the 1972 "Houses Of The Holy" sessions and is easily one of the better songs on the album. Bonham's drum sound is massive, and Page stays in the pocket...until the final refrain when he goes postal. Plant's vocals *must* have been overdubed during the compiling of this collection because the quality of his voice is more consistant with the 1978 "In Through The Out Door" sessions, range-wise, whereas if you listen to a song from "Houses" ("Over The Hills And Far Away"), his voice is more powerful.
"Ozone Baby", "Darlene", and "Wearing and Tearing" are all outtakes from the "Out Door" sessions. "Ozone Baby" is a nice, uptempo rocker which obviously would not have belonged on "Out Door". "Darlene" is another highlight of the album. John Paul Jones' piano work is fantastic, while Jimmy Page slips into his Scotty Moore/Jimmy Burton persona to deliver some inspired lead work. Why this song was left off "In Through The Out Door" in favor of "Hot Dog" or "South Bound Saurez" I'll never understand. "Wearing and Tearing" is a two million mile-an-hour punk/thrash piece with acappella vocals ala "Black Dog". Plant does sound hoarse, though, and while the energy level is remarkable, Plant's Drano-induced yelling/screeching brings this track down a peg or two. That leaves "Bonzo's Montreux", a 1976 John Bonham drum instrumental with electronic effects added by Page. It's a nice tribute, but not something you will listen to over and over.
So, that's "Coda". There is nothing timeless on this album, but there is nothing on here that diminishes the legacy of Led Zeppelin, either. It's an album that you take out every so often to hear some ideas that didn't see the light of day the first time around, and there are some good ideas to be heard. Buy "Coda" with the knowledge that it is a summary of a bygone era, nothing more, nothing less.